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As part of an overhaul of its organizational structure, St. Louis-based health insurer Centene has named Cynthia Brinkley its new president and chief operating officer and filled several leadership roles below chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff.

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Alex Azar to lead HHS. A former executive for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, he has long been a frontrunner to replace Tom Price, who stepped down in September after criticism for using expensive chartered flights.

After four years at the helm of health insurance giant Anthem, CEO and president Joseph Swedish will hand over the reins to Gail Boudreaux, the former CEO of UnitedHealthcare, on Nov. 20.

A new chair and three new members have been named to the board of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Former Banner Health CFO Dennis Dahlen has been named as the new financial chief for the Mayo Clinic, replacing the retiring Kedrick Adkins Jr.


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UW Medicine replaces chief health system officer after less than a year

The former president of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Lisa Brandenburg, MBA, MPH, has been selected as the chief health system officer at University of Washington (UW) Medicine, where she’ll oversee operations of the system’s clinical entities.

Tenet CEO leaving earlier than expected

Trevor Fetter, CEO and chairman on Tenet Healthcare, was scheduled to leaving those roles by March 15, 2018. Instead, he resigned effective Oct. 23, leaving executive chairman Ronald Rittenmeyer in charge as interim CEO.

Money isn’t everything with physician recruitment

For physician practices, the process of filling a vacant position may take more than a year and require some creative incentives, especially for the smaller cities and towns most in need of primary care doctors.

Oregon Health & Science University president stepping down

Joe Robertson, MD, the president of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) since 2006, has announced he’ll retire at the end of October after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis earlier this year.

Memorial Hospital: Zeroing In On the Right Zero Footprint Viewer

Delivering key images, reports and patient data to the point of diagnosis and care is the Holy Grail of radiology and many other specialties today. Having the correct information for the patient at the right time for the radiologist or referring physician starts with having the right viewer.

Tom Price won't be replaced quickly—which is fine by healthcare lobbyists

The tenure of Tom Price, MD, as HHS Secretary lasted less than eight months, but healthcare organizations aren’t expecting a major shift from where the agency was headed under his leadership. They also predict filling the Cabinet role may be put off for months thanks to raw feelings on Capitol Hill over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) debate.

MGMA17: 5 things to know about top performing practices

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has released its 2017 “DataDive Better Performers” report, pointing to areas which can define success for physician practices—which may not also mean limiting spending.

Q&A: MGMA CEO on her new book 'Back to Balance'

The art of medicine and strong patient-provider relationships have been ignored in favor of the business and science sides of the profession, argues Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) President and CEO Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, in her new book “Back to Balance.”

AHIMA beginning search for new CEO

The board of directors for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has announced it’s launching a nationwide search for its next CEO, which has been filled by an interim leader since July.

Tom Price resigns as HHS Secretary

HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, has announced he’ll resign after criticism for taking publicly-funded charter flights when it appeared less expensive commercial travel was available.